Many believe the answer is yes. We are now getting to see firsthand just how business has always been conducted in Louisville under the watch, or nonwatch, of former Mayor Jerry Abramson and his personal gestapo.
While many have been asking questions for years about the Abramson regime we are now finally getting mainstream involved. Of course this only proves once again what many have always believed, and that is that Abramson enjoyed cover by mainstream media until now that he is out of office.
But I digress.
According to the CJ http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011303150089 the former Department of Neighborhoods run by Abramson appointee Melissa Mershon was found guilty of forging 37 invoices and costing us $368,660. all done to hide money from the Metro Council.
So what does Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel do?
Absolutely nothing as usual. Stengel and his office needs to be investigated period. Since Jack Conway won't do it then the feds need to be involved. There is no other option.
According to the investigation, Mershon wanted to empty the Neighborhoods Department budget before the end of the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years, so the money would not be returned to the city's general fund where it could then be used for other operations.
So Stengel sees nothing criminal in this? It defies logic and is a slap in the face to each of us.
Stacy Greive, economic crimes chief for Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Stengel's office, said she didn't seek indictments in the case because she could not prove intent to commit a crime.
Forgery is a crime. Misuse of taxpayer money is a crime. How in the world we continue to listen to these asinine excuses is beyond many of us. I say that the Commonwealth's attorney, and in this case Stacy Greive should be charged by the feds with aiding and abetting a crime. It is logical.
These actions were done to deceive the taxpayers of this community that fund the department so yeah it was done for someones benefit.
Did Mershon benefit? You bet. So did Carole Butler a name long associated with the Democratic party in Louisville. Butler received $14,900 for a book she never wrote or published. Only AFTER the story came out did Butler return the money and resign. Did it take getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar to force this?
Accepting the money for work not completed is criminal. Butler returning the money after the fact does not negate that criminal action. Period. Let's not forget that Carole Butler was also on the payroll for $85,000 a year. PART TIME.
No we have some serious problems within this gestapo that have been covered up for many years by Abramson and his friends in the local DNC. That is the problem. It appears that gestapo has friends in teh legal system as well. We have had enough of this haven't we?
Allowing the pathetic actions of non Commonwealth Attorney Dave Stengel to continue is yet another example of a problem. Allowing Jack Conway, who often brags about being the "top cop" in the Commonwealth, to do absolutely nothing about these problems is another. He is responsible as well in aiding and abetting.
Meanwhile, there will be more uncovered in future days and none of it good I am sure. The US Department of Justice needs to get ready for documentation and charges to be brought. As a taxpayer I have standing to do so and look forward to the challenge.
Kudos to CJ reporter Dan Klepal for this story. It is nice to see the CJ editorial staff finally allowing him to do what he does best. In the meantime I have a question.
How can Judy Green be found guilty of anything through the ethics commission either?
Seriously. If we can continue allowing this type of behavior from elected officials and tehir appointees then where do we even begin to gain accountability.
Hopefully, we shall see soon from the US DOJ. Stay tuned..............